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5.0 out of 5 starsBetter than Hornblower
Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2015
I've read all 21 volumes of this series. This whole series is excellent, well written, nautically and and historically excellent. I think it is better than the Hornblower books (I read one that was recommended to me, and immediately found an error in one of the battle maneuvers). You will want to get a copy of "A Sea of Words" which is essentially an illustrated dictionary of all the nautical terms and other details about that period in history. The Bolitho books don't stop to explain what a "fid" is or that a "spotted dick" is a particular dish with raisins in it.
Story good but just too many typographical errors. A global edit to remove unnecessary hyphenations would be most welcome. If I could I would ask for my money back because I expect this rather large and repetitive error to be something that just doesn't occur in professional publishing. It seriously detracts from enjoying the reading experience.
Reviewed in the United States on September 20, 2013
These books are well done and fun to read.
You really have to like these type of stories, they are truly not for everyone.
Each story in the series is different but very much the same, really there is not much you can do with sea stories. You can have a sub plot but when push comes to shove it is truly about the men, their ship and the life they had to leave just to exist.
Kent and other authors I have read who deal with the wooden ship British Navy have a wonderful way of making the reader understand just how hard a life sailors had. A good lesson is learned here.
I had not heard of Alexander Kent until I complained at a book store that they had no copies of Patrick O'Brian's books. The owner said, "Have you read any of Alexander Kent?" I had not, and that began a wonderful new adventure. Kent writes naval stories about the same historical time period as O'Brian, but Kent often has more action scenes, which I thoroughly enjoy. If you like O'Brian, you will love Kent. Prentice Kinser III, D.Min., Author of:
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Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2009
Can you believe there are 29 books in this series? I am now on 19, and will finally be able to get some work done when I finish this adventure. These books are exceptionally well written. Many characters and all tie together well. The stories are written so they are easy to understand and not too short or long (winded). I would recommend these for anyone who has an interest in sea stories. All the men in my family are reading these and truly enjoying them.
2.0 out of 5 starsThe story is the usual good read but the small furry typeface & cheap paper ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 14, 2014
Well I had to get the paperbacks to follow the series as there was no sign of them on Kindle. The story is the usual good read but the small furry typeface & cheap paper that it is printed on are making this a strain to read even with new specs.!! No doubt the following one will also be as bad.
The printer & publisher need to be imagined into this story and being "FLOGGED" for pure disregard to the people who buy their products.